Hands up who likes massages…..…oh I’m sorry, I had both my hands up! In fact, I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy the relief and relaxation that a quality massage delivers. But can you have too many massages? How often should you have massages for optimum health benefits? Read on to find out.
The Benefits of Massage
Let’s begin by exploring the reasons why massage is so good for us. While different techniques deliver varied benefits, the overall benefits of massage include:
- Immense relaxation
- Muscle tension relief
- Improved skin tone
- Relief from sore joints
- More restful sleep
- Improved waste removal
- Increased white blood cells to boost your immune system
- Heal injuries and pain
It’s not just the body that benefits from massage, however. Your mind also enjoys reduced stress, mental distress, improved self-confidence, a natural high caused by endorphins being released, and an enhanced sense of wellbeing.
How Much Massage is Too Much?
After a massage, you may feel a little tender, especially if you have had a penetrating deep tissue massage. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and is thought to be caused by tight muscles being moved and realigned, or injured muscles being worked on. If you do experience muscle soreness, it should abate after a day or so.
For this reason, you probably don’t want to have massage too frequently, as your body needs time to rest and resettle between sessions.
There doesn’t appear to be any evidence to suggest that it’s possible to have ‘too many massages. However, many massage therapists recommend having around one massage a month. This may increase if you have an injury or health condition that you and your therapist are treating.
So it’s good news for massage lovers – you can’t really get too many massages! Feel like a massage now? Why not book a session with a massage
therapist in the ntpages directory?
Of course, if you feel you are developing an addiction, it might be a good idea to speak with a counsellor
or other health professional.